Latest posts by Palaisglide

Planting out

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:40

The advice above anything in a large pot should be planted at the same level is correct. Peonies need a little more care they are fussy Ladies but I love em. Plant the top of the plant at exactly the same level in the ground, do not get any extra soil or compost on the top of root ball, do not mulch over the root ball mulch around it  and water well in. They need a sunny spot sheltered from prevailing winds if possible, and it is better they get later sun rather than early morning. The plant will still have foliage let it die down naturally and I leave all my plants with the dry foliage over winter as a bit of a frost guard, you will see the little buds come through in Spring. The plant may take a year or so to flower after planting, I had one that did nothing for four years then a single flower now it blooms, you need patience as Peonies will tend to do their own thing but get there in the end my oldest plant is a mass of blooms every year now although it is thirty years old. A good mulch around though not touching the root ball cap in spring, clean off any old foliage then and water the mulch in, I mix a handful of granular fertiliser in the mulch for them all and it works well for me. Hope this helps.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:20

Stockton had its rain overnight now reasonably clear skies and Sunshine, my lawns are cut and tidy my world is good. Better watch out Joyce the forecast shows your side of the UK getting the worst of things and we are getting back to being the dry side once more. There was a black patch over Verdun's Cornwall, soggy oggies knowing him he probably invoked some Cornish spell so he has a clear patch over his head.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:37

Beyond understanding, it stayed fine and sunny all day, cooled slightly after tea as we call it, we have Sunday Dinner at 13:00 hours without fail, common lot are we not.

Nanny Beach, you would have different thoughts on the bagpipes had you had to put up with Pipers climbing the hills around and practicing all day, if I hear Blue Bonnets over the Border ever again I will do something drastic to the offending pipes. Should that be with the offending pipes.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:00

"IT'S TOO DARN HOT" never thought I would sing that this year, my garden is South Facing so shade not normally needed is at a premium, came in burning and to make some tea "tea, are you mad" yup tea cures everything. Stockton is suffering global warning?? Knowing our weather it will be one day only.

Joyce knew Colchester it was our stop over when moving all our heavy equipment from Bordon to Germany. We would park up and refuel at one of the many Barracks before shipping out of Harwich to Hamburg. As we did the move many times to and from we got to know the flesh pots of Colchester.

You live in a lovely part of Ayshire, my Daughter her husband and I stayed a few days after a Grand Tour of Inverness, John O Groats, back along Loch Ness to Fort William, a stay beside loch Lomond where my evening meal was Bonny prince Charley he tasted quite tender and the Chef came out to see us as we were the only ones ordering the most expensive meal in the place, well he was a Royal. Then a meander back through Glasgow and the coast. We have relatives in Annan so detoured through Dumfries I love that area, in my prime we often went Pony trecking there, nothing wrong with Scotland apart from the bagpipes.

You are making memories flood back Joyce and History is one of my Loves, I write for the local Library Archives and have done for the BBC, it is not just a fad with me.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:06

Long before your time I would think Joyce 1947, we were practicing landings on Arran much to the annoyance of the locals. Troon was our stay over before heading to the Trossachs climbing and blowing trees up then on to Stirling. We went into Ayr most nights there was a large dance hall and plenty of girls to dance with. We being very young and fit, a broken heart would mend as soon as we reached the next dance hall. After all the climbing swimming and beach landings they sent me to the biggest beach of them all in the Middle East. Such is life Joyce, always had a soft spot for the Scottish Girls though.

Really hot here in Stockton clear blue skies, I think a shady sit in the garden when it is too warm to work.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:57

Hi Joyce, indeed it is in answer to your question. The Herring boats followed the shoals down the East Coast and were followed by the Herring Girls mainly Scottish. By all accounts it was a gay old time in all the local ports as they moved from place to place. The Silver Darlings were meant to be the fish although methinks more went on than I was told. The Ganzie was choice of wear for those hardy fishermen as it covered their upper body and was virtually water proof, Originating from Guernsey although the fisher lasses would knit in their spare time and in winter as a lad out would come the Ganzie and off we would go skating on the frozen water meadows. We had an area called little Scotland, families came down to work at ICI and so we mixed probably just the same as those fisher lassies did right up to and sometime after the WW2. Thus the Ganzie became a must probably as with the Hoody today a show of oneness. Met some Shetland Girls when stationed in Troon, they were down on holiday and boy could they dance, a few broken hearts when their holiday ended.


Verdun That my Dear Boy is true henglish has she is spoke.

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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:57

Tauld Currant Bun burning me peepers out gitten me auld ganzie washed only wore it 10 years, make hay whilst t sun shines says I, better double up on't woad diven wan a catch a cauld does we.


PS sorry to all the gran-ma police but tauld folk round ere knows what I say.

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Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:16

Joyce, not annoyed, different worlds we live or even lived in. There are those who make repair design fabricate and invent the Industrial area's and those who teach the finesse of the Academic and artistic world, we need both to be a whole person. Once a copper plate writer who got good marks for English at a time the three "R'S" were the vogue, who will ever forget 9x9= 100, then into heavy industry where the math would be far more important than where the comma went. Army for years then more Heavy Chemical Industry, reports written at speed and printed to boot to be legible to all who would need to read them. Copper plate with all the nibs and ink plus punctuation apart from the necessary ones went out of the window. I did keep a Piano and Accordion all these years, not a total stone age man then.

That Joyce is my excuse, "hey" the sun is shining the air is warm and I am off outside to soak it up, gaze upon the garden and plan for next year, what is not to like.


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Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:03

Hi Verdun, a bit of a quandary, how do I write this piece, School boy Latin or French, BAOR German, Makum Takum or Tyke, should I just revert to Viking mixed with Anglo Saxon after being bitten by the Gran-ma police yesterday. How about I say it as it is understood without comment by 99% of the Nation, here goes.

The Sun is shining therefore it must be raining in Cornwall, we have some blue sky some drifting cloud and it is warm, in other words all is well in Stockton on the Tees. The bites received are  mending I thought you handled it well though such people do annoy me. An Engineer has to write reports on the hoof getting the job up and running more important than comma's. I would suppose lecturers in English (which version I ask) have more time on their hands.


Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:55

Papi Jo, Could you define correct English as she is writ, you see I passed out from high school with very high marks in English the rules were obeyed and written as we were taught. I knew of nobody going to University from our area, it was night school and army education so forgive my missing comma's. From that time I have watched the language murdered changed and in the case of my youngest Daughter turned on its head, write the words as they sound to you was the principle at that time, spelling went out of the window, it took further education to right that wrong. You may cringe at missing comma's I look at the context of the written piece as long as it all makes sense why knock it.

This is a gardening board and all our replies were to a person asking for help, between us I think we made it clear the way forward, the answers to the question would be of far more interest to that person than whether every dot and exclamation mark was in place. Let us stick to gardening and if reading some of the content leaves you feeling sick my advice would be do not read it.


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